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United States v. Cunningham

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
103 F.3d 553 (7th Cir. 1996)


Facts

Cunningham (defendant), a nurse, was charged with tampering with syringes containing Demerol, a powerful painkiller. Cunningham admitted at trial that she was formerly addicted to Demerol. The prosecution sought to prove her motive to tamper with the syringes by introducing evidence that she had previously had her nursing license suspended for theft of Demerol and that she had falsified drug test results in order to get the license reinstated. The judge admitted this evidence, but did not admit evidence of Cunningham’s conviction for that incident. Cunningham was convicted of the tampering charge and she appealed on the grounds that the evidence of her license suspension and falsifying drug tests was improperly admitted.

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